IMPACT OF COVID ON OUR DAILY LIFE
INTRODUCTION TO COVID
COVID-19 has arisen at the end of 2019. Its first patient was reported in the city of China named Wuhan, Hubei Province in December 2019 from an unknown origin. After its emergence in China, it spread all over the world just because no one was aware of its spreading cause. It is a viral disease that cannot be cured by medicines. The symptoms of COVID are cough, cold, flu, breathing issue, bone pain, and pneumonia. Its cure is still not discovered. The only solution to get safe from it is to get vaccinated. At the start of this viral disease, there was no cure or vaccination for this disease. At that time major precautions were advised by the doctors i.e., wear masks, avoid gathering, quarantine yourself, don’t shake hands, and keep social distancing. COVID increased the death rate. But now after one and half years from its emergence, its vaccine is being prepared. Now, after vaccination, the ratio of COVID patients is decreasing day by day.
At the global level, COVID affected world trade, the economy of different countries, and the international movement of people. It restricted people to stay at home and airways facility was banned to reduce movement of people between the countries. Instantly inhibited travel made people worried about their loved ones who were in foreign countries. It was done by different countries to reduce the COVID ratio in their areas as the mass movement of people led to the expansion of the disease. Most countries followed lockdown and forced their public to stay at home and work from home.
World trade is also badly affected due to COVID. The economic state of various counties fell as they reduced their manufacturing and used that money to encounter COVID disaster. This caused a huge financial loss in the world. Due to lockdown conditions, the poor got poorer and life got difficult. About 29 million people are put into extreme poverty due to COVID lockdown and restrictions.
COVID not only affected human health but also affected their economic condition, food security, employment, labor issue, and social life. Various impacts of COVID are discussed below;
IMPACT OF COVID ON HEALTH
COVID has affected humans both physically and mentally. Mental health is much affected after the outbreak of pandemics in the world.
Regarding mental health, it caused;
- Fear and worry
- Acute panic attacks
- Stress and depression
- Self-harm and suicidal thoughts
- Increased pessimistic conditions
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
These conditions need to be managed carefully to remove the negative impacts of COVID-19.
Regarding physical health, it caused;
- Overload of patients
- Increased burden on doctors
- Increased demand for medicines and medical professionals
- Other patients like heart patients got neglected
- Shortage of medicines due to high prices
- Lack of protective equipment i.e. ventilators
- Lack of patient beds in hospitals due to the increased ratio of COVID patients
IMPACT OF COVID ON SOCIAL LIFE
Social life is affected as per government instructions, the public was forced to stay at home and avoid social gatherings.
Due to lockdown and other restrictions by the government, COVID affected social life badly. It caused;
- Limited public to homes
- Loss of freedom
- Separation from loved ones
- Restricted social and family gatherings
- Cancellation of tournaments of sports
- Cancellation of celebration of festivals
- Inhibited movement of people in markets and malls
- Cancellation of travel and visits
- Cancellation of exams
- Closure of entertainment places such as parks, playgrounds, theaters, etc.
- Closure of shops and other business
IMPACT OF COVID ON ECONOMY
COVID has caused a great loss to the economy of almost every country in the world. It destroyed the financial state of the country as all the budget is used to provide immunity against COVID. The global economy has been decreased by 3.5% by the year 2020 and in Pakistan, COVID caused an economic loss of 10% during the pandemic. This condition will take five to six months to improve. The main losses that occurred due to COVID are discussed below;
- The demand for manufactured products decreased
- Closure of factories
- Temporary loss of employment due to catastrophic disease
- Permanent loss of employment due to medical illness
- Unavailability of salaries from factory owners and government
- Use of saving accounts
- Debts increased and income decreased due to lockdown
- Inability to pay utility bills, gas bills, and electricity bills
- Stopped disease treatment due to financial issues
IMPACT OF COVID ON EDUCATION
The COVID has impacted education all over the world. It suspended classroom teaching and limited the education to online classes and online learning which reduced student’s interest in the study. The online education system is not much supported in developed countries due to a lack of stable internet connections. It caused;
- The loss of instructional time
- Weakness of online teaching infrastructure
- The non-conductive learning environment at home
- Loss of students’ interest in education
- Promoted cheating system
- Decreased literacy rate due to lack of internet facility in third world countries
- Reduced academic performance due to lack of digital devices
- Reduced practical lessons in medical studies
- The shortness of available time to solve papers lead to panic attacks
- Loss interaction between teachers and students
- Loss of effective communication
IMPACT OF COVID ON FOOD SECURITY
COVID-19 caused an emergency food situation and people became unable to meet their basic survival nutrition. Due to lack of employment thousands of people were forced to starve. The closure of factories including food factories led to an increase in food prices, unavailability of food supplies, and ultimately a great threat to the human population occurred. The people who were already living in deprived food conditions before COVID are threatening death after the outbreak of disease.
COVID outbreak impacted daily life badly. Almost all fields of life were affected due to curfews and lockdown. But the governments handled it in a well-organized way and as now the condition is under control, the ratio of COVID patients has been decreased and life is getting normal again.